Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children.
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Here's the idea -- build tennis for young and old in the Lakes area. Get kids and adults off the couch and swinging. The Willmar Lakes Area Tennis Association formed this year to promote, support and grow tennis in the city and the surrounding area. New London-Spicer tennis coach Chad Schmeising and the Cardinals' boys varsity coach Jim Anderson are on the eight person board of directors. Jim Andresen is president. Anderson told me that funds are needed to repair the courts at both the senior high and the junior high.
The Minnesota State High School League website lists the best of 100 years of state basketball tournaments. The lists have been compiled with the assistance of a committee of basketball historians and experts from around Minnesota. Here some Tribune Area mentions, dominated by 1981 Hengstler-Ranweiler award winner Barry Wohler. Boys Top Game -- Bird Island-Lake Lillian 78, Lake of the Woods 74 (2 OT), 1980 Class A Championship: Barry Wohler made an 18-footer with 23 seconds left in regulation to force the first overtime.
By Rand Middleton email@example.com MINNEAPOLIS -- In the 100th year of the school-boy tournament, one team was perfect. From start to finish, only this team went unconquered. The fans from three small towns that combine to form the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa schools celebrated that fact at the Target Center with their Jaguars early Saturday afternoon. Their team had somehow managed to overcome a lineup that was much their equal. No. 1 BBE had topped No.
MINNEAPOLIS -- His teammates were wondering ... is Zach ever going to make a move? With the ball tucked under his arm like a bag of textbooks, Zach Kinny acted like he was in no hurry to get to class. At the last moment, he dribbled toward the key, pulled up at the free-throw stripe and buried the game-winning shot with a second to spare. Before Perham could get a timeout, the horn sounded, signaling Litchfield was headed to today's Class AA championship game with a painstaking 33-31 win over the No.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The ice packs came out after Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa defeated Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin 56-36 in the first of two Class A semifinals at the Target Center on Friday afternoon. "On second thought, I guess I will have one," said Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa senior forward Kirby Montbriand after he scored 10 points in the Jaguars emphatic 56-36 victory over MLBO in the Class A semifinals. "Yeah, I hit the floor a couple of times," said Montbriand, who scored 10 points to help lead the Jaguars to Saturday's Class A championship game for the second straight year.
Beginning in 1966, the Edina Hornets put together consecutive seasons of 26-0, 27-0 and 26-1. There was a 69-game win streak in there, still the state record. Willmar took its shot at the Edina dynasty on March 16, 1968, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. It was the Region V final.
WILLMAR -- It was not a typical mid-March morning in Minnesota nor were the nearly 200 runners in ordinary gear. The event was the 1st annual St. Patrick's Day Red Beard 7k (4.23 mile) run held on the city's north flank. The mercury already was pushing 60 degrees at the 9 a.m. start under a bright sky. The St. Patrick's Day decorations included socks, shorts, tops and hats in Irish green, plus a few males with red beards.
The No. 1 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars(30-0)will meet Lakeview Christian Academy (25-5) of Duluth in the Class A quarterfinals on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The Jaguars, the 2011 runner-up, were voted No. 1 by coaches and Southwest Minnesota Christian (26-1)of Edgerton No. 2. Lakeview was one of four unseededs entered in the ramdom draw. The Lions,an independant, have one of the state's most spectacular players in junior Anders Broman.
WILLMAR -- It was not a typical mid-March morning in Minnesota nor were the nearly 200 runners in ordinary gear. The event was the 1st Red Beard 7k (4.23 mile) run held on the city's north flank. The mercury already was pushing 60 degrees at the 9 a.m. start under a bright sky. The St. Patrick's Day decorations included socks, shorts, tops and hats in Irish green. The start/finish was at the Oaks restaurant at Eagle Creek Golf Club. The winning times were turned in by Mike Heinen, 28, of Willmar (25:15) and Kadie Hokanson, 31, of Alexandria.
By Rand Middleton firstname.lastname@example.org MARSHALL -- It's been 10 years since the proud Eagles of Edgerton soared out of Section 3A and landed in the state tourney. That year, 2002, Southwest Minnesota Christian won its fourth consecutive state title. Thursday night in front of 3,200 fans at the college in Marshall, the Eagles played like they're finally ready to win another. Making an incredible 26 of 29 shots from inside the arc the Eagles brushed aside Dawson-Boyd 73-55 in the 3A final. The Eagles busted out to a 10-0 lead and kept the Blackjacks at an arm's length the rest of the even